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September 12, 2014

Constitution Day Celebrations at GSU

hot docA Conversation with the Mayor
Williams Center Multipurpose Room
1-2:30 p.m. 
 
Constitution Day will be celebrated September 17th at Georgia Southern University with 3 main events this year.The first event is sponsored by Henderson Library, the Dean of Students Office, Student Government Association, Financial Aid and Student Media. It will take place in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room from 1-2:30 p.m. SGA President, Azell Francis, will speak with Statesboro Mayor, Jan Moore, about the importance of registering to vote, getting educated on current local election topics, and participation in the election and governing process of your locale. Come find out why you should and how you can get involved locally!
Student Engagement and Constitutional Amendments
Rotunda
2:30-4 p.m.
 
Immediately following the Conversation with the Mayor, join Dr. Michael Van Wagenen’s Public History students for a discussion of various amendments they have researched for this purpose in the Rotunda outside Russell Union. These conversations, supported by posters made by the students, will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. Stop in and support these students in their service learning endeavor, and find out more about your Constitutional rights!
How Does the Constitution Impact You and Politics?
Carroll Building, 2227
6-8 p.m.
 
The Georgia Southern Political Science Department is sponsoring an event from 6-8 p.m. in Carroll Building, 2227 on September 17th in which several speakers, including a local attorney, Mr. Matthew K. Hube of Hube Law Firm, and Georgia Southern POLS faculty Dr. Joshua Kennedy and Dr. Michael Romano will discuss:
  • The intent and reality of the Presidency
  • The Constitution and the Congress/the Courts
  • How Civil Rights/Liberties impact you, presented by
There will also be a short film with Sandra Day O’Connor called Fair and Free during this event.
We hope you will join us for these events in celebration of this day to celebrate our Constitutional Rights.
 Shared with you by Lori Gwinett, Government Documents Librarian  (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu; 912-478-5032)
 

September 8, 2014

Irish Studies South now available at Digital Commons

heaneyThe new journal Irish Studies South is now available in Digital Commons.  Howard Keeley, Director of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching, sponsors the journal.  He also acts as one of its editors.  The first issue commemorating the one year anniversary of the death of Seamus Heaney, a Nobel prize winning poet, is now available.  Each issue will have a guest editor, and Rand Brandes is the editor of the inaugural issue.

Affordable Learning Georgia: The Positive Effect of OERs on Higher Education

aGAl iconThe Affordable Learning Georgia initiative seeks to make higher education more obtainable for Georgia residents by providing access to Open Educational Resources (OERs).  While the adoption of OERs by Affordable Learning Georgia and other programs is a relatively new phenomenon, early case studies have shown that these programs have had a positive impact on students. One study focusing on the use of Mathematics OERs at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York found that “using OER led to an over 50x increase (i.e. a 5000% improvement) in percentage passing per dollar” according to David Wiley, co-founder and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning.   More information about these OER and Student Success studies is available in the August 25-31 issue of the Affordable Learning Georgia newsletter.

More information about Affordable Learning Georgia is available here.

August 7, 2014

Discover Error Message

Filed under: Resources and Services @ 1:48 pm and

Several users have reported receiving “Application Level Exception” error messages when using Discover.  This issue has been reported to EBSCO’s technical support, but we do not know when the issue will be resolved.  Please contact an Information Services Librarian if you have any questions or need help finding alternative resources with which to begin your searches.

July 1, 2014

Hot Doc: 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AVAILABLE ON FDSYS

icon_federal2With the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is making the official, digital version of the law available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited segregation and discrimination in schools, public places and activities, and employment practices. GPO employees produced the original document 50 years ago. Today, GPO serves as the digital information platform for the Federal Government, making information available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. GPO continues to add historical content like the Civil Rights Act and Warren Commission Report to FDsys.

“GPO’s efforts to digitize historical content are strengthening the link between the American people and their Government by giving the public digital access to both historical and current information,” said Davita Vance-Cooks. “FDsys is a vital component to GPO and the agency’s mission of Keeping America Informed.”

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor & Government Documents Librarian

June 30, 2014

Hot Doc: Congress.gov is now better than before!

icon_federal2Congress.gov was updated recently with many new and exciting enhancements: nomination information, accounts, the ability to save searches, an expanded About section, an FAQ section, easy access to Member remarks in the Congressional Record, and more. To read about the changes, see the recent post on In Custodia Legis at http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2014/06/nominations-accounts-saved-searches-congress-gov-continues-to-grow/.

Shared with you by:  your Government Documents Librarian, Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor

June 12, 2014

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive now available in GALILEO

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive.

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/savnewspapers

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to three newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of over 83,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The website includes the following Savannah newspaper titles: Savannah Georgian (1819-1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), Savannah Republican (1809-1868).

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern  Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html

June 10, 2014

New Library Resources Section

library resources boxThe new Library Resources section in the center column of the my.GeorgiaSouthern portal is a newly-added area that has all library resources in one convenient place. On July 18, 2014 we will be removing the link to Galileo in the left-hand column under “My Services”, as you can now find that link and related resources in the new Library Resources box.

Shared with you by Jason Williams, Assistant Director of Enterprise Application Services and Adjunct Instructor in Information Technology.

May 20, 2014

New Electronic Resource: BrowZine

browThe Zach S. Henderson Library is proud to announce that we now subscribe to BrowZine, a service that allows libraries to make their scholarly journal content available to patrons via mobile devices. BrowZine pulls content from different publishers and vendor interfaces and displays the PDFs of journal articles in a single interface. Unlike DISCOVER, which also simplifies finding and accessing content from various vendors, BrowZine allows users to browse for content by title or subject instead of requiring them to search by keyword or other identifiers. Users can then save journals to a bookshelf or pin individual articles to a digital bulletin board. BrowZine notifies users when new issues of their saved journals are published and clearly explains what users have access to and what content is under embargo. The BrowZine app is free to all users and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. Once the app has been downloaded to the mobile device, the user can select a subscribing library of which he or she is a patron from a list. The users will then be asked to log in using their Georgia Southern user name and password.  Currently, the App is only available for iPads, Android tablets, and Kindle Fire HD tablets, but applications for iPhones should be released this summer, and applications for Android phones should follow shortly after that.  More information about how to download the BrowZine app to get started is available here.

May 13, 2014

Reflector in Internet Archive

The Reflector, Georgia Southern’s yearbook from 1926-1989, is now online in the Internet Archive.  You may see the Reflector at the following link: https://archive.org/details/georgiasouthern.

If you want to view online, it is best to use the fullscreen mode.  Individual volumes can be downloaded as pdf files very quickly, in case library users ask. There are two years missing: 1929 and 1934.  It is believed that the Reflector was not published for these years.

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